President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sent condolences to the family of Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first and only female combat helicopter pilot, who died on Tuesday.
Arotile, who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, died in an auto-crash at NAF Base Kaduna on Tuesday.
In a condolence message signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President Media and Publicity, the president described Arotile as a promising officer whose has bravely contributed to the war against bandits and terrorist in the country.
The statement reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari received with deep pain the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, condoling with the family on loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.
President Buhari saluted Arotile for her bravery and skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, and prayed that the Lord would comfort her family and the Nigerian Airforce.
“The President salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.
“President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.
“The President sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss. President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind”, the statement read.